Nicklas Backstrom missed 40 games with a concussion last season, and it appears that his 2013 season is in just as much doubt.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 11:30 a.m. ET by Donald Wood
As teams across the NHL prepare for the ratification of the new CBA and the opening of training camp, the Washington Capitals are already dealing with injury issues.
Star center Nick Backstrom has been dealing with a neck injury he suffered playing overseas, and the team now confirms he’ll see a specialist immediately, according to RussianMachineNeverBreaks.com:
Nick and his agent informed us that they are being proactive with his injury and decided to visit a specialist prior to training camp. Obviously, as you know until camp officially starts teams cannot perform physicals on any player.
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According to the Washington Post's Katie Carrera, the status of the Swedish center, who suffered a neck injury while playing with Dynamo Moscow in late December, is currently up in the air:
As 10 of his teammates skated at KCI Tuesday morning, Nicklas Backstrom watched part of the workout from the stick room hallway, clad in a winter coat and toque. The Swedish center’s health is one of the biggest questions facing the Capitals heading into a shortened season, and just days away from the start of training camp, Backstrom’s status remains uncertain.
Carrera also notes that because Backstrom suffered his injury during the lockout, the Caps won't have to pay his contract if he isn't medically cleared before the start of training camp.